Google+ invites showing up on eBay

Google's surprise launch of its social networking service Google+ has Internet users in a mad and frantic race to get an invite to check it out. Google has admitted that the interest in Google+ has been huge, so much so that after allowing invites to be sent out the company shut down those invites earlier this week due to "insane demand". Not to worry, however. If you are so deperate to get an invite into Google's latest social networking venture you can always go to eBay and buy yourself an invite ... maybe.

As PC Magazine reports, the auction-based web site has over 200 online listings for people willing and able to sell you an invite to Google+. The prices are fairly low at this point; the article states that the listings for Google+ prices range from between $2 to less than $5. The big question is whether or not its a violation of Google's or eBay's rules to put these invites up for sale. According to the article, a Google spokesperson stated that he was "unsure" about the legal rights to sell Google+ invites that are sent to specific email addresses. So far eBay has yet to say whether putting such invites on its site is a violation of its terms of service.

Meanwhile there's still no word on when Google will resume sending out invites for Google+. The best bet is to check out the Google+ page for Vic Gundotra who originally announced the shut down of invites on Wednesday.

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Sorry to ask but if some kind gentleman or lady would love to help a dude out and be generous enough to send one an invite that would be totally swapmed of you and much appreciated from myself

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You Rock!!!

1. Create a post on Google+
2. Click "Share"
3. Add the emails of all the people you want to invite
4. They'll get an Email, they click on the link... Bam they're in.

I did it for all my friends + a bunch of dudes on Engadget.

Kwanza said,
1. Create a post on Google+
2. Click "Share"
3. Add the emails of all the people you want to invite
4. They'll get an Email, they click on the link... Bam they're in.

I did it for all my friends + a bunch of dudes on Engadget.

QFT

There's a Google+ invite thread on Reddit that has over 3000 comments because of this loophole. It's how I got in and promptly enabled 50 others to do the same...

Kwanza said,
1. Create a post on Google+
2. Click "Share"
3. Add the emails of all the people you want to invite
4. They'll get an Email, they click on the link... Bam they're in.

I did it for all my friends + a bunch of dudes on Engadget.

QFT

There's a Google+ invite thread on Reddit that has over 3000 comments because of this loophole. It's how I got in and promptly enabled 50 others to do the same...

mrbester said,

QFT

There's a Google+ invite thread on Reddit that has over 3000 comments because of this loophole. It's how I got in and promptly enabled 50 others to do the same...

QFT ?

I've got it, it's pretty cool, some similar features to facebook but also some great new features as well. I hope it takes off better than Wave

Phil DeLong said,
I've got it, it's pretty cool, some similar features to facebook but also some great new features as well. I hope it takes off better than Wave

+1 its awesome...

Please... like anyone actually cares. It will die in a couple weeks just like buzz and wave. I'm sure google said "we can spark interest by making people think their friends are intersted... We'll stage a server outage because of an "insane demand" and all the sheep will come in hordes."

And yes...the only reason I clicked was to see what the invites were selling for...

shamburg said,
Please... like anyone actually cares. It will die in a couple weeks just like buzz and wave. I'm sure google said "we can spark interest by making people think their friends are intersted... We'll stage a server outage because of an "insane demand" and all the sheep will come in hordes."

How do you know? there is far more too this than buzz and wave.

No one knows how Google+ will go, so stop assuming you do. Only time will tell if it goes well or if it becomes a flop like Buzz and Wave.

shamburg said,
Please... like anyone actually cares. It will die in a couple weeks just like buzz and wave. I'm sure google said "we can spark interest by making people think their friends are intersted... We'll stage a server outage because of an "insane demand" and all the sheep will come in hordes."

And yes...the only reason I clicked was to see what the invites were selling for...

I don't think it'll die, I can see this becoming pretty popular but it won't replace Facebook. Only reason I think this won't die is because Google is putting ALOT of time into this, I'm seeing websites with +1 icons, I have buddies saying they'd rather use Google+ because it looks better than Facebook.